Always wear a helmet
- I'm a new rider and recently wrecked going 60 mph coming off an on ramp on the highway. Everything was great and I was almost home and all of a sudden I'm making a tight left curve and I got a tank slapper and my motorcycle veered to the left more faster than I could think. I rammed into the cement barricade and landed on top of it with my lower back and landed in the highway slapping my head on the pavement more than I can remember..I suffered major road rash but that was all..I would have been killed instantly with the way I hit the pavement if it weren't for my helmet. You're exposing yourself enough as it is and you have no protection around you..so wear a helmet..trust me.
- —Guest Laura
- Face plant and slide into on coming traffic. Try it sometime without a helmet. You probably won't live to tell about it. I hit a deer, but lived to tell, since I was fully geared. The evidence on the full face helmet shows that the impact was above the temple and then face down, shredded the visor and tore up the helmet as I slid, unconscious toward on-coming traffic. Walked, yes, walked away, with a broken ankle and no abrasions. Since then, I've been impacted by two separate deadly accidents, by women, who have chosen to ride without a helmet. What is it with women choosing to be so irresponsible? The choice, is not worth it. First of all, it's out of character for these otherwise responsible women, who are wives and mothers, always nurturing and encouraging others to be safe. What is it about the rebel behavior to be bad ass, whether they are a new rider or a veteran rider? Their families wouldn't choose this. At least they may have had a chance.
I grew up in CA, it's a thing here...
- I have always worn a helmet. The opportunity came up to rent a Harley Roadking in Iowa while traveling for work this year so I had to experience the feeling at least once... Open highway, wind blowing through my hair, 90 mph; after about 30 miles I was terrified. I couldn't shake the thought of my head splitting open like an apple in the event that I might wreck; so I pulled into a gas station and put the cheesy helmet on that they gave me and I felt safe. I have never had a high-speed wreck but I feel this is just conditioning. In CA, you never ride without a helmet, you will get a ticket, so you always have it on, and eventually you feel that you need it.
- —Guest Grizz
- Yes always even off road on trail bikes. i've wiped out and been glad for a helmet. Better alive than cool
- —Guest Norm
99%of the time
- i live in a state that has mandatory helmet laws, but still will ride short distances without one on occasion. I would wear one and full gear 99% of the time without the law. after seeing the protection my full face helmet gave me when i took a spill a couple weeks ago i may think twice about running to the store a few blocks away without one! Those scuff marks where my face would have been are more of a deterrant than any ticket could be.
- —Guest sheafo
- I always wear a helmet. My life was spared because of it. You only need one crash to die or become a believer.
- —Guest Sevendog
- Get rid of all seat belt and helmet laws. It is just natural selection at its best!
- —Guest Jimbob
Don't be stupid
- I've been riding two wheelers since i was about 7 years old first starting on mini bikes, mopeds, 80cc on up to my current ride a Harley Davidson. I ride from about March to November weather permitting. If i see one out of thirty riders i pass on the road wearing any type of helmet id be lucky. This goes for riders solo and carrying passengers. I own a half, 3/4 and a FF. There are more benifits to wearing a helmet then just crash protection. My take on types is 1/2 is just going to go flying off your head, a 3/4 will in most instances leave you with massive facial injuries so given the choice i won't wear anything but a FF. A bunch of myths. They block vision. Wrong you lose no periphial vision with a modern day FF helmet, You lose hearing, In a sense but not to the point that in affects rider safety. They are too hot. Wrong again they provide shade like a hat and at speed vent just fine shield up or down. I just don't know about riders. Freedom to choose means freedom to be st
- —Guest Kirk Heck
One part of my gear
- I never go without a helmet. However, the helmet is not the be all end all of motorcycle safety. Rider awareness and giving oneself time and space are the number one rules. Additionally, a helmet is just one part of the gear of a safety minded rider. Ankle supporting boots with at least 1.5mm thick leather, kevlar jeans/leather pants/chaps, body armor up top covered by (or as part of) a textile jacket or leather jacket. A head injury is only one cause of death on a motorcycle. Blood loss due to losing skin or internal hemorrhaging are huge causes. Full gear helps prevent not only death from such causes but also dismemberment due to excessive soft tissue loss.
- —Guest Markus
- It is your choice to be hurt or not. Your "I buy insurance" carries n weight with me, sport. If you don't want to wear a helmet, that's a personal choice. Your right as a free U.S. citizen. I have rights, as well. I have the right not to pay for your choices. Sign a waiver, when the insurance is gone, the plug is pulled. So simple. You make a choice, you and you alone should live with that choice.
- —Guest MD Conner
- Think person should have choice. To wear or not to wear helmet. Not have law tell you to wear one. No choose isn't good thing.
- —Guest me
Helmets are a bargain of protection.
- You protect your skin with leather why not protect your computer with a good helmet? The helmet is the best protection you can wear so you can ride in the years ahead.
- —Guest Wayne Montgomery
all the gear all the time
- dress for the crash not the ride - simple as that
- —Guest ATGATT
- Absolutely!!! Nobody plans an accident - and when it happens I want maximum protection. I've only got one head - and I like it.
- —Guest Survivor
If they don't then why must I?
- I started riding 45 years ago. I was crazy when I was young & have crashed more bikes than many people have rode their whole live's. In the late 70's I was hit by another bike (he was looking back) @ over 100 mph. I backed out of the throttle for an off ramp and my friend rear ended me! (his F wheel went between my R wheel & exhaust. I stayed up but he went off the high side. He was wearing an old "Bell Star" (full face helmet) that I loaned him & I was wearing my new one. He would have died w/o that helmet, it was a mess. I also raced a few road races some flat track and for 11 yrs. I raced speedway (no brakes) and I still have an old Triumph street bike. I believe in helmets but think it should be up to the rider if over 18 or 21 or whatever. I live in a state with a mandatory helmet law and would wear one most of the time. What bothers me the MOST is all day long there are people on scooters young & old riding city streets w/o a helmet! Some nights I might not want to but I CAN'T!